The end of a vacation is always bittersweet, but I do love the anticipation of resuming my life. As ordinary as it may be, it is mine and I love it. While I enjoy my last mug of coffee on the balcony overlooking the ocean, I will share some things I have learned over the course of the week. Just because I am on vacation, doesn’t mean the opportunity for life lessons takes a break.
First, I love to write. Before you utter the words “duh”, I will tell you that hasn’t always been the case. Sometimes I feel like I am banging my head against the wall, but the reality was I simply needed to be patient with myself and allow the thoughts and ideas to flow. I don’t have to write, I get to write….that is the distinction that resides within me today.
Second, I can do anything for a couple of hours. Celebrating Bailey’s birthday, we invited some people to share in his special day. Some are those who I am currently loving from a distance, but yesterday wasn’t about me, it was about him and that’s pivotal when making difficult, emotional decisions. The end result was a pleasant gathering. I was mature and delightful, which in my head I pictured something different. (What I pictured was a toddler screaming, “I don’t wanna go.”) What I know is that the inside of my head isn’t always a dependable source of information.
Third, I appreciate my family. Sure, I always love them, but at home, we are caught up in our own activities. Here, we are together playing games, giving each other grief, and enjoying the time that has been presented to us. It is a gift.
Lastly, my fear of Bailey enjoying alcohol was without warrant. His face told the story of a person that has tasted it and doesn’t wish to try it again. My fears have now flown away like beautiful butterflies and the scenarios in my head have vanished. I made it over the hurdles unscathed and pleasantly surprised.
So, in a nutshell, this vacation has presented me with several life lessons which is good since I am never to old to learn something new about myself and others. Today, I will immerse myself in the last day of vacation while anticipating a smooth reentry into my extraordinary life.